Posted by C G Rishikesh on March 25th, 2008
I took longer to solve this puzzle than the others that I have done here before. To tell the truth, I have all except 18dn (where, of course, I can guess the second word of the phrase); 29ac: I can guess the word from the crossings and also from “Destroy” part of the clue, but the full annotation/explanation eludes me at the moment of writing. While in the earlier FT crosswords I found full justification for every clue, here I am floundering.
FOLD-UP – DD – ‘fold-up stocking’ (“Sort of stocking”) I can understand; I am unable to justify the clue as a whole. Help! HOLD-UP - DD – sort of stocking/bank ‘job’ (robbery)
11 MONT BLANC – CD? Not exactly! – ‘high point’ in the literal sense and not in the figurative sense of, say, ‘the most memorable moment of an event’. “With its 4,808 m summit, Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in the Alps and Western Europe…” (Wikipedia)
12 SAG – rev. of ‘gas’ (loosely, ‘talk'; actually ‘gas’ is empty or boastful or even garrulous talk)
13 ON ONE’S GUARD – CD – I got the third word of this phrase at later stages from crossings and the entire solution from the definition, which I think is ‘carefully'; the full justification is lost on me. Help!
15 STENCH – DD? – ‘smell’ – I need explanation for ‘fish’ part of the clue.
19 AIRLIFT – anag. of ‘if trial’, ‘fails’ being the anag. signal. In a straightforward clue the definition. “An emergency procedure” may not be sufficient to lead to the answer.
21 RESIDE – Re (‘again’), side (‘ledge’) Here the def. part of the clue (‘assign’) is not readily discernible. The nearest that I can think of is, say, “The power to cancel the meeting resides in the convenor”, where it would mean that the power is assigned to the chairman.
23 MATHEMATICS – CD (Really!) – Here ‘summer’ is ‘one who does the sums’. Crossword veterans know what ‘a summer danger’ is.
25 LAG – rev. of ‘gal’
26 HANSOM CAB – hom. of ‘handsome cab’. I am afraid this is not a very satisfying clue.
28 ORATE – o (old), rate (charge)
30 TWIN BEDS – I considered ‘love nest’ before I abandoned it. Nothing in the clue to suggest that the required word is a plural form; or is there?
1 HUGEST – hug (cuddle), est, Fr.’is’ 2 ALLIGATOR – anag. of a, t(from ‘tense’, n.), gorilla
3 LEGIONNAIRE – solved in later stages from the crossings; ref. needs lookup.
4 MAMMOTH – mam (mum), moth (insect). ‘squashed’ seems to play a passive role in surface reading; at any rate it is not an anag. ind.
7 DRAMA – &Lit – m (male) in draa, anag. of RADA (for Royal Academy of Dramatic Art). For def, reread the whole clue. Is ‘performing’ to be taken as an anag. signal? That’s your choice!
9 ENTERS – deletion – solved from crossings and def. (records). I am yet to figure out what is deleted from what. Put me out of misery!
14 GREASY SPOON – Greasy (buttery) spoon (court, v.). I would like to ask my readers if they have ever told their sweethearts “I am hungry… I am thirsting… Come on, off to a greasy spoon!”
17 MIDDLE AGE – CD – Supposed period in one’s life when one is supposed to put on weight around the waist. I am well past middle age and I don’t have it!
20 THATCH – that, ch – “That ch” (“church over there”)
21 RAINBOW – I in ‘ranbow’ (anag. of ‘a brown’). ‘Rainbow trout’ is a sort of trout.
22 PROGRESS – deletion of pr (prince) from progress (to carry on)
24 TENOR – ‘Top scoring man’ in the musical sense. Ten (X), or (gold) terms which a scorer, whether top or otherwise, might probably use. X, I think, is entered in the cricket scoring sheet when the batsman does not score anything. In any case, not a really satisfying clue.